Education is the backbone of every individual. It transforms a person holistically by shaping their behaviors, preferences, skills, and mindset. The Indian education system is an ever-changing market. Since the pandemic outbreak, it has had its fair share of ups and downs. However, the resilient segment in its approach has been on the road to recovery and growth.
Solving Obstacles Faced by India’s Education System Through Technology
Since digital adoption is the recent trend, even the education sector has been quick to embrace the technologies. The surge in adoption of ed-tech platforms is a prime example. However, the fact is that the sector continues to face various challenges. What needs to be understood and recognized is that they can be treated effectively with the help of technology.
Lack of hands-on learning
The curriculum of the Indian education system generally focuses on rote learning. It’s theoretically heavy. This implies that teachers place more emphasis on understanding concepts, but somehow miss out on hands-on learning. The visual content and the actual applications of the solutions are often not implemented. This is where technology can be used to transform conventional education into engaging, interactive experiences and foster hands-on learning in the truest sense of the word. When this happens, education will be the perfect balance between theoretical concepts and practical learning.
Earlier education meant going to school and physically attending class. This comes with the costs of infrastructure and facilities that the school should provide for the students. And even students should invest their time, effort and finances to get to school every day. However, thanks to technology, the market has been able to overcome all restrictions related to geography and finance. Education is becoming a concept anytime, anywhere, all thanks to the digital revolution.
Grades are the determining factor in student performance
Even now, grades are considered the deciding factor in a student’s intelligence and performance. And extracurricular activities are considered a deviation from studies. In an ideal scenario, anyone who scores above 90% is considered a brilliant student. However, this perspective must change. A student scoring less might actually be intellectual and knowledgeable. Grades cannot decide a student’s intelligence. Technology could help address this challenge by changing the way exams are conducted. Instead of hour-long exams that are again based on theory, technology solutions now help improve communication ability, instill and test practical knowledge as well as engage students in extracurricular activities.
Education has long been the only destination for students to build a career. Previously, it focused solely on improving the knowledge bank of students and empowering them with regard to their long-term vision of the future. However, ed-tech platforms help address this issue by focusing on holistic student development. In addition to subject knowledge, hands-on learning, hands-on exposure, and the development of soft skills have become an integral part of technology-enabled educational processes in today’s era. In fact, educational experiences can now be customized and personalized to each student’s needs. This was not in the traditional educational configuration!
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Education with traditional methods
Until now, teachers taught each subject in the same way to all students in the same class. The studies were therefore conducted in a linear and traditional manner. However, with technology, mundane concepts have turned into immersive experiences. Educational content has now gone high-end and tech-savvy with visual representations and audio-visual capabilities. These elements help to improve the quality of the content and ensure that the studies become interactive and engaging for the students so that they can better grasp the concepts.
Ed-tech: The effective tool to meet the challenges
Education has always worked with a conventional approach. With technology, not only is distance and blended learning becoming mainstream; but even the quality of education is improvised. The Indian education market faces its fair share of challenges along its journey of growth and transformation. It is indeed a roller coaster ride.
In such a scenario, ed-tech platforms make concerted efforts to ensure that every hurdle can be cleared seamlessly. They leverage the power of technology to help the education market overcome barriers and make learning fun and engaging while focusing on holistic development. It is expected that the incorporation of technological innovations through the ed-tech channel can help solve the problems faced by the Indian education system significantly!
Kiran Dham is CEO and Head of Human Resources of Globus Infocom Limited. The opinions expressed are those of the author.